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Five Reasons Your Mom Might Not be Eating and How Senior Care Can Help

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care near Duluth GA

Getting the proper nutrition is essential to the elderly for maintaining their health, building and retaining bone mass, and enabling medications to work effectively. Many caregivers face the challenge of getting their loved one to eat properly or to eat enough. When providing senior care for a person who won’t eat, it is important to uncover the underlying reason why.

The following are five reasons senior care services should consider why your mom might be refusing to eat:

  1. Medications – the side effects of some medicines could change a person’s sense of taste or decrease their appetite. Check with the physician to see if the prescribed medication could be affecting her appetite or causing a bad taste or no flavor. In some cases, the medicine could be substituted with a different one. They might also be able to prescribe a medication that will correct the problem.
  2. Constipation – this is often an uncomfortable side effect of many prescription drugs in which a person feels that they have no room left for additional food. If this is the case, senior care services will need to increase the amount of water intake throughout the day and even increase the amount of food that will promote waste elimination.
  3. Difficulty chewing food – this could be a sign of teeth or gum problem. If the senior wears dentures, this could indicate that they might need to be adjusted. Don’t hesitate to contact the dentist if this seems to be causing an issue with eating.

You can also solve some of the chewing problems by replacing harder foods such as raw vegetable and fruits with cooked vegetables and juices which are soft. Ground or shredded meat is generally easier to chew. Other soft, nutritious foods include eggs, tofu, and tuna fish.

  1. Unwillingness to cook – many times seniors just don’t feel up to preparing and cooking meals that are healthy for them. If this is the case and the caregiver is unable to prepare meals, consider contacting the Meals on Wheels program. This program prepares hot and healthy dishes that meet the nutrition guidelines of the National Institute of Health, and will deliver daily.
  2. Reduction in senses of smell and taste – many seniors experience a reduction in their sense of smell and taste making food less desirable. Senior care can help by cooking with herbs and spices that add a bit more zing to the dish.

Senior care plays a big part in your loved one’s health. If your loved one is not eating or not eating properly, get to the underlying cause so that you can take the steps to get them enjoying food again.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511